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tr.v. kid·napped, kid·nap·ping, kid·naps or kid·naped or kid·nap·ing
To abduct or confine (a person) forcibly, by threat of force, or by deceit, without the authority of law.

[kid, child + nap, to snatch (perhaps variant of nab or of Scandinavian origin ).]

kid′nap·pee′, kid′nap·ee′ (kĭd′nă-pē′) n.
kid′nap′ n.
kid′nap′per, kid′nap′er n.
Word History: Kidnapper seems to have originated among those who perpetrate this crime. We know this because kid and napper, the two parts of the compound, were slang of the sort that criminals used. Kid, which still has an informal air, was considered low slang when kidnapper was formed, and napper is obsolete slang for a thief, coming from the verb nap, "to steal." Nap is possibly a variant of nab, which also still has a slangy ring. In the second half of the 1600s, when the word kidnapper begins to appear in English, kidnappers plied their trade to secure laborers for plantations in colonies such as the ones in North America. The term later took on the broader sense that it has today. The verb kidnap begins to be attested a bit later than kidnapper and is possibly a back-formation from kidnapper—that is, the suffix -er was removed from kidnapper to create a new verb kidnap.




formal a person who is kidnapped
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One kidnappee from Swabi was recovered in handcuff.
Apres consultation du ministere public, les ravisseurs ainsi que la personne kidnappee ont ete places en garde a vue pour la suite de l'enquete.
L'adolescente Belgacem Zahra de Sour El-Ghouzlane (sud de Bouira), portee disparue depuis dimanche dernier, [beaucoup moins que] n'a pas ete kidnappee, mais se trouve a Maghnia chez sa mere divorcee [beaucoup plus grand que], a-t-on appris, jeudi dernier, aupres de la surete de wilaya.
The eight-member team, headed by Deputy Inspector General Crime Investigation Agency Sultaan Ali Khowaja has been constituted to "ensure concrete efforts are made to recover the kidnappee and arrest the accused persons".
A team comprising on Daggar and Pir Baba police was constituted for safe recovery of the kidnappee.
Le docteur Strike en paye le prix par la perte de sa fiancee, kidnappee par le general Yen.
Baz Muhammad said the kidnappee had been shot and stabbed with a knife.
He likes to laugh, does the Polomoche, as do we all, but where he deviates from the norm is that if the kidnappee fails to make him laugh, he turns him or her to stone.
165) Instead of the original Act's single basis for federal jurisdiction in the interstate or foreign transport of a kidnappee, the amended Act also grants jurisdiction when the kidnapping occurs within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the U.
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